Making new layer from a selection in GIMP

GIMP: Make Selection a New Layer

GIMP: Make Selection a New Layer 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be demonstrating a rather simple (but useful) technique: making your selection a new layer in GIMP. This will be quite a brief tutorial, but I see that a lot of users are searching Google with this question, so let’s help them out.

Step 1: Make A Selection

Created selection

Go ahead and grab yourself a little selection — whatever it is you’d like to make into a new layer.

Step 2: Float the Selection

Float selection menu

Right-click on the selection, then go to Select -> Float. This will create a floating layer from the selection.

Layers menu

Looks like we’re done, but we’re not. There’s one final step…

Step 3: Anchor the Layer

Anchored layer menu

Simply right-click on the floating layer and select To New Layer.

New layer result

And there you have it — you’ve created a new layer from your selection. I hope that answers what you were looking for, but if not then leave a comment down below and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.

Video Tutorials

If you’d like to get better with using GIMP, I have a really awesome Youtube channel you should probably check out. I post weekly video tutorials with voice narration and step-by-step instructions. I think it’s much easier to learn how to use GIMP this way than it is to read text. Have a look for yourself…

If you like what you see, go ahead and subscribe to my channel. I also create Inkscape tutorials if you’re interested in learning that as well (you should, because Inkscape is great.) If you don’t have a Google/Youtube account then you can follow the official Logos By Nick Facebook page to keep updated on not just new tutorial uploads, but new posts to this site as well.

Thanks for stopping by and again, if you need assistance, just drop a comment below.

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5 comments
  • Kyle B.

    Thank you for typing up this tutorial. This is a quick shortcut in Photoshop that I used a lot, so it was really key that I figured out how to do the same in GIMP

  • Anonymous

    Switching to ios after 40 years of windows, is tuff enuff but Gimp makes it harder. You’re a big help. But I want to say for an old guy who goes slow, I find your written material easier to learn. I can stare at til it sinks jn. The videos happen too fast and the cursors too little for tired old eyes. If you published online or dead tree a beginners guide to gimp, I’d buy it.
    Jim Pallas
    http://www.jpallas.com

  • Anonymous

    Switching to ios after 40 years of windows, is tuff enuff but Gimp makes it harder. You’re a big help. But I want to say for an old guy who goes slow, I find your written material easier to learn. I can stare at til it sinks jn. The videos happen too fast and the cursors too little for tired old eyes. If you published online or dead tree a beginners guide to gimp, I’d buy it.
    Jim Pallas
    http://www.jpallas.com

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